Grade 9 students Zoe Dallas and Katie Timms from St. Margaret’s School deconstructed the standard market Epipen by Mylan. They have a goal of creating a newer, cheaper version of a needle that can apply a dose of epinephrine to someone in anaphylactic shock. At the very least, they are looking to further disseminate how “unfair” the current “monopoly of the Epipen” is right now, said Dallas. (Travis Paterson/Black Press)

Saanich school hosts major STEM event

Women still far outnumbered in STEM fields

In a continued effort to introduce more young women to careers in science, technology and engineering and mathematics, St. Margaret’s School in Saanich is hosting SheBiz.

The all-day event, on Friday, Nov. 17, is free for the 200 females in Grades 10 and 11, from more than 10 local high schools. It introduces them to career opportunities in various business and tech industries that otherwise may not have been on their radar.

Organized by Women in Capital Markets’ leadership, it’s the first time in six years the event has been held in Greater Victoria.

Although women comprise the majority of university graduates today, men continue to dominate the STEM fields of science, tech, engineering and math. According to Statistics Canada’s National Household Survey, even when women had higher marks in STEM programs during high school they were still less likely to enroll in a STEM university program than their male counterparts with lower marks.

The event runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 17 at St. Margaret’s School, 1080 Lucas Ave.

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